IF YOU’RE LOOKING to party and network this week, check out:


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY GALA, 5:30-9 p.m., Irish Heritage Center, Portland. Features fashion show of traditional garments from more than 25 countries. $10 at door or call 332-9750.

CELEBRATING WOMEN OPENING RECEPTION, 5-7 p.m., UNE Art Gallery, Portland. Photographer Paola Gianturco shows images of women from seven international festivals. Free.


GREENDRINKS, 645 Congress St., Portland. Network with green business owners and eco-activists and enjoy free beer. $2 if you bring your own mug/$5 if you don’t.

JUDITH JONES LECTURE, 6-7 p.m., Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland. The legendary editor who worked with Julia Child talks about her work. A reception and book signing follows at the Portland Museum of Art. $10 members/$15 nonmembers.


PORTLAND BUY LOCAL MIXER, 5:30-8 p.m., Allagash Brewery, Portland. Meet the owners of local businesses and sample the brewery’s products. Free.

PORTLAND FLOWER SHOW PREVIEW PARTY, 6-9 p.m., Portland Company Complex, Portland. Get a sneak preview of the garden displays and find out who this year’s winners are. Cash bar. $30 advance/$40 at door.


MERDA WINTER SOCIAL, 4:30-7 p.m., Ri Ra, Portland. Network with members of the commercial real estate community. $50 members/$65 nonmembers.


ROCK AROUND THE WORLD, 7-11 p.m, Italian Heritage Center, Portland. Learn international dances and enjoy food and a silent auction. $25 advance/$30 door. 874-8135.


MDA MIRACLE BALL, 5:30 p.m., Marriott Sable Oaks, South Portland. Dinner, dancing, silent auction and open bar. Black tie optional. $200. 800-432-4211.